Class Notes

Fall 2018


Harvey Heimann ’49 of Hudson, FL, celebrated his 90th birthday in Central America this year. He and his wife, Jean, are still very active. They spend six months at their home in a country club in Florida then travel North America and internationally the other six months, visiting their four children and seven grandchildren.


Max Heeb ’50 of Benton, KY, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the University of Missouri Medical School.

Bobbye Hardin ’51 of Thousand Palms, CA, has spent 38 memorable years in teaching, counseling, and in administration, receiving awards and honors in each area.

Marceline (Williams) Saphian ’53 of Chesterfield, MO, is still producing artwork at age 89. She has been in four regional art shows this year and won awards in three of them.

Donald Brod ’54 of St. Charles, IL, released a book, Lighting the Chalice, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva at 175, edited by Don Brod. The congregation in Geneva, Illinois was founded in 1842, and the publication of the book is part of a year-long anniversary celebration.

Norman Hoffmeister ’54 of St. Louis, MO, was head of the art department and yearbook sponsor for 35 years at Webster Groves High School and was selected as a Distinguished Member of the Artist Guild of St. Louis.

Ray Cliff ’58 of Glen Ellyn, IL, and Melissa ‘59 look forward to attending his 60th reunion this year.


Ted Miller ’60 of Portland, ME, spent 46 years as a music teacher in the Nashville area. After retiring in 2007, he moved to Portland, Maine, with his wife, Priscilla. They have two sons and three grandchildren.

Marilyn (McGraw) Beiter ’62 of Chesterfield, MO, is retired and enjoying her lake home at Lake of the Ozarks. Would love to hear from friends from the 60s era!

Jacques Bourgeacq ’63 of Cowalville, IA, earned an M.A. from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, where he remained until his retirement in 2003, teaching French language and literature and African cultures and literatures. Jacques has lived and traveled throughout Europe and Africa. He is the author of nine books in French language instruction and literary criticism. He married Victoria S. Pinzon (Bourgeacq), who was born in Panama and also a former SEMO student. They have three sons and nine grandchildren.

Rex Garner ’63 of Moultrie, GA, has retired after practicing law in Georgia for 44 years. He holds a Juris Doctor and was former Assistant District Attorney of Rome Judicial Circuit.

Timothy Patterson ’63 of Hillsboro, MO, attended the canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Pope Francis in St. Peters Square in the Vatican. At a gathering of the Missouri Bar Association at the Lake of the Ozarks, he was named a senior counselor having attained the age of 75 as a member of the bar.

Mary Lynne (Drew) Dozier ’64 of Houston, TX, received the Texas “Heroes for Children” Award, one of only 15 awardees statewide given such honor by the State Board of Education. The award recognizes her service as a volunteer on the Klein ISD Education Foundation, as a mentor in an elementary school, and for helping administrators write grants and providing workshops for students and teachers.

William Howell ’64 of Snoqualmie, WA, is retired in the Cascade foothills near Seattle. He has been married to his wife, Judith Ann, for 55 years. They have grandchildren in California, Arizona, and Nebraska.

Rosemary Jones ’64 of Jamaica Plain, MA, is a retired public housing, medical, and refugee resettlement worker. She serves as chair of the Jamaica Pond Association, secretary of the Howard Benevolent Association, and active member of JP@Home, which is a program of Ethos, the senior services organization that helps seniors and disabled individuals age in place.

JoAnn (Prysock) Biladeau ’65 of Renton, WA, is currently enjoying retirement and traveling a lot.

Linda Lawrence ’65 of San Diego, CA, is fortunate to live in a little beach house four blocks from the Pacific Ocean.

Donald Schaberg ’65 of Houston, TX, spent three years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer and  one year in Vietnam, after graduation. In 1970, he married his wife, Deborah, and also began working for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. He was with Liberty for 42 years, retiring in 2011. Debbie and Donald have four children and five grandchildren.

Carl “Marty” Sewald ’65 of Fayetteville, AR, and his wife, Rita (Mathis) Sewald ‘67, are retired and celebrated 52 years of marital bliss in August.

Robert Kumming ’66 of Canton, GA, is retired and enjoys traveling with his wife, Joyce.

Richard Bradley ’67 of Georgetown, TX, served in the Army (1968-1970), taught school physical education, worked as the Youth Sports and Fitness Director for the Army (1982-2007) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and three years at Ft. Hood, Texas (2008-2010). He is retired and lives in Sun City Retirement Community. He plays senior slow pitch softball and pickleball, grows vegetables in his garden, and serves on the Community Sports Committee. He attends Crestview Baptist Church and serves on the church recreation committee.

Otto Dietrich ’67 of Phoenix, AZ, worked as an audit manager for the U.S. Army Audit Agency where he served for more than 35 years. He retired from the agency in 2001 and moved to Phoenix in 2010. He and his wife, Becki, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in April. They have one daughter and three grandsons. Otto has been an active volunteer for USA Racquetball — serving on its National Rules Committee since 1982 and then as the sport’s National Rules Commissioner from 1986 until the present. He was inducted into Racquetball’s Hall of Fame in 2017.

Sharon Fox ’67 of Malabar, FL, participated in a National Hawaiian Dance Competition called Ho’ike, this summer. There were 13 women in her group “Gracious Ladies” competing in the over-50 category. Her Hula school is Na Lima ‘Olu Ma Ke Kai in Cocoa Beach, Florida taught by Mililani Celio. Sadly, they did not win competition, but they enjoyed it very much!

Sharon (Nebel) King ’67 of St. Louis, MO, is retired from Smith-Kline Quest and has a son, a granddaughter, and a step-grandson. She enjoys needlework and traveling.

Harold Lewis ’67 of Columbia, MO, is a retired high school mathematics teacher having taught the majority of the time in the Columbia Public School system. He and his wife, Barbara (Reinhardt), have three children and eight grandchildren.

Charles Myers ’67 of Willow Springs, MO, retired from the education field after 32 years of being a teacher/coach/counselor/administrator. He has worked in the real estate field for the last 13 years and served on the Willow Springs City Council for nine years. He’s been married for 48+ years to Greta (Miller) Myers and they have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Martin Cearnal ’68 of Nashville, TN, has been a member of the board of directors at Cumberland Pharmaceuticals since 2004 and has worked there full time since 2008. He was promoted to executive vice president responsible for the marketing and sales activities.

Jerry Durham ’68 of Stockton, IL, retired from Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa after serving as chancellor and professor of nursing for more than 12 years.

Michael Grojean ’68 of Manchester, MO, and his wife, Beverly, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

Cecilia (Sanchez) Sinnwell ’68 of Jarrell, TX, and her husband, Walter ‘67, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by going to Spain. They retired to a small ranch in Texas and are enjoying their retirement very much. They have two sons and 10 grandchildren. Walter and Cecilia are involved in mentoring grade school children, Lions Club, American Legion, and other organizations. Cecilia notes she will always be grateful to Dr. Scully and SEMO.

Karen (Parsh) Chesser ’69 of Chesterfield, MO, has been working for Parkway School District since 1991. She has three sons and four grandchildren.

Georgia (Bader) Schaljo ’69 of Florissant, MO, retired from teaching preschool. She has two sons and six grandchildren. She enjoys scrapbooking, reading, traveling, camping, attending her grandkids’ sporting events, and volunteering at church.


Michael Cooley ’70 of Mount Berry, GA, remembers the years of undergraduate and graduate work he did at Southeast as among the best memories.

Susan (Koeln) Koch ’70 of Agoura Hills, CA, retired and joined the faculty at California Lutheran University where she supervises student teachers. She has two granddaughters.

David LaRose ’70 of Cape Girardeau, MO, was in the Army as a special agent with Military Intelligence. He worked for Missouri Farm Insurance Co. for 16 years and has worked as a premium auditor auditing payroll records for workers compensation purposes for 15 years.

James Martin ’70 of Perryville, MO, is working with the National Stars and Stripes Museum and Library to initiate a school outreach program for the museum focused on educating youth about the meaning of service and commitment as it relates to servicemen and women throughout the years.

David Crites ’71 of Greenville, MO, retired after 36 years of teaching. He traveled to Thailand last year to visit Arnon Niyapa, ‘14, who was an exchange student with him. He is now enjoying working on the family farm.

John Fisher ’71 of Kennett, MO, released his fourth book, Southeast Missouri from Swampland to Farmland: Transformation of the Lowlands, was released last year by McFarland Publishing.

Paul Nail ’71 of Kennett, MO, finished another semester as adjunct instructor, teaching music appreciation and first year seminar. He says it doesn’t seem like 46 years have passed since having his senior picture taken for the Sagamore, and he still enjoys reminiscing about experiences on campus by thumbing through the pages of the four yearbooks from his time as an undergraduate student.

Janet (Baker) Pensel ’71 of Battle Ground, WA, has developed a love of quilting which has now led her to do volunteer work for a local hospital. Jan makes quilts, knitted hats, and prayer pillows, donating these items to the hospital who hands the quilts and hats out to various patients. The hospital hosted a recognition event giving each volunteer a pin with their number of volunteer hours, and Jan was recognized at achieving 9,750 hours.

Dennis Sommer ’71 of St. Louis, MO, retired as president/CEO of Alliance Credit Union and is now doing part-time consulting work.

Kenneth Tharpe ’71 of Cadet, MO,  is enjoying his retirement with his wife, Peggy, on their farm. They have rescued six large dogs and five cats. Many mornings are spent sitting on the porch drinking coffee and watching the birds at the numerous feeders they keep filled. Their 2019 plans include an Eastern Europe River Cruise.

Ronald Boltas ’72 of Irving, TX, retired from his natural medicine practice five years ago. His wife Diane (Sloan) ‘73 has owned and operated a sign shop in Irving, Texas for 28 years.

Leon Book ’72 of Cape Girardeau, MO, retired in June 2017 after a 45-year career in education, 39 with Southeast Missouri State University and seven with the College of Nursing and Health Science associated with SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau. He is currently enjoying part-time accreditation consulting work for the Higher Learning Commission as a peer reviewer and team chair.

Paula (Friz) Jarrett ’72 of Lake Saint Louis, MO, earned her Master of Education with special reading from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. She retired in 2004.

George Lange ’72 of Tampa, FL, was selected as Chairman at WUSF Advisory Board. The WUSF Advisory Board serves as the chief volunteer organization for WUSF Public Media.

Dennis Luecke ’72 of Wentzville, MO, started conducting guided tours of the Historical Daniel Boone home in St. Charles county, Missouri. The home is located close to the Missouri Wine Trail.

John Murphy ’72 of Collinsville, IL, retired after 37 years in the semi-conductor/micro circuit and electronic manufacturing service industries.

Thomas Ream ’72 of St. Louis, MO, works at First Community. He plays golf and gives lessons in his spare time.

Linda (Calhoun) Greeson ’73 of Eldon, MO, is a retired teacher and candidate for the Missouri House of Representatives.

Mary (McElreath) Kistner ’73 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is an executive broker and REALTOR Emeritus at Realty Executives of Cape County and an independent insurance agent at Capital Insurance & Associates.

Raymond Hahn ’74 of Bridgeton, MO, says hello to the previous members of the Vet Corp from 1970-1974 and invites them to get in touch.

Margaret (Brooks) Mitchell ’74 of Piggott, AR, remarried. She is loving retirement after spending 38 years in the classroom and is a two-time cancer survivor.

Pamela (Harrison) Strasser ’74 of Manchester, MO, retired after teaching elementary school for 40 years.

Myra Crews ’75 of Panama City, FL, is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, International Women’s Education Sorority, and is the mother of two outstanding educators.

David Means ’75 of Hopkinsville, KY, played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills. He is a retired teacher from Christian County school system and married to Rebecca (Pixley) Means ’75.

Thomas Schlimpert ’75 of Columbia, MO, retired from 12 years at DESE after 31 years in public education. He has been married to his SEMO sweetheart, Sherrill (Roof) Schlimpert ‘75, for 44 years!

Rebecca (Tope) Belli ’76 of Gastonia, NC, retired after 39 years of teaching from Gaston County Schools in North Carolina. She is blessed with three grandsons.

Gail Brink ’76 of Camdenton, MO, retired after 41 years at Ameren.

Linda (Koch) Caldwell ’76 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is now retired.

Larry Caldwell ’76 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is retired after 29 years with Sears. He retired from SoutheastHEALTH after 14 years.

Karen (Dennis) Cauble ’76 of Kissimmee, FL, misses classmates and hopes they will contact her.

Roger Clausen ’76 of St. Louis, MO, retired from his second career as a computer programmer/analyst. His first career was as a high school science teacher/football coach. He is convinced his education and experiences at SEMO irrevocably changed his life and career arcs for the better. He will always be a grateful SEMO alum.

Robert Wehling ’76 of Fenton, MO, is looking to retire and join his wife, Evale ‘75, at home.

James Wilder ’76 of Springfield, MO, recently published his first novel, a western titled Terror Near Town. It is available in paperback or Kindle on Amazon. A sequel is in the works.

Norman Bild ’77 of Clearwater, FL, is a retired Air Force Captain and traveling the world.

Donald Kaiser ’77 of Powell, OH, has retired after 40 years in the library automation and book distribution business and moved to be near family.

Rose (Drury) Koerner ’77 of Lake Zurich, IL, retired as a medical microbiologist after 25 years at Loyola University Medical Center, and taught 8th grade science at Aptakisic Junior High School for 15 years. She is a new grandmother and looking forward to traveling with her husband of 39 years.

David Bryant ’78 of Doniphan, MO, purchased the Riverview Motel in Mammoth Spring Arkansas.

Hubert Delay ’78 of Charleston, MO, is currently the longest serving county clerk in the State of Missouri and will retire following a 36-year tenure. Hubert serves as an adjunct instructor for Southeast and Three Rivers College.

Beverlee (Kettler) Maschek ’78 of St. Louis, MO, retired after 31 years with Lutheran Senior Services.

Shari (Uelsmann) Napier ’78 of Dayton, OH, retired from the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities as a habitation specialist. She is ready for the next chapter of her life and spending time with her seven grandchildren.

Harvey Abrams ’79 of State College, PA, is head of a huge sports library & museum project to establish a research facility in central Pennsylvania with a subsidiary office in Vienna, Austria.

Robert Butler ’79 of St. Louis, MO, was elected Missouri section chair for the American College of Dentists, the oldest honorary dental organization in North America. Dr. Butler has been practicing general dentistry in Webster Groves, Missouri for 33 years.

Teresa (DeLeonardo) DeMattei ’79 of Centralia, IL, recently became a grandma.

Diana (Horvath) Sommer ’79 of Wellsville, MO, saw her daughter graduate from Southeast with a degree in marine biology. She also became a grandma for the first time.



Bruce Gowan ’80 of San Diego, CA, moved to Florida a year ago after 33 years in San Diego, California. He would love to hear from old college friends that he has not been able to reconnect with. Find him on Facebook.

C. Harris ’80 of Cape Girardeau, MO, has 21 years working for the State of Missouri in different departments, 12 years of teaching experience from middle school through college, and is an NCAA and high school track and field/cross country official.

Catherine (Bernier) Hubert ’80 of Ballwin, MO, continues to have reunions with Japanese exchange students from the first CPP program started in 1978.

Terry Spitzmiller ’80 of Bellbrook, OH, has been selected as the acting executive director of Service Office (SAO) Central Contracting for VHA.

Gary Ujka ’80 of Fenton, MO, retired from the Rockwood School District as a teacher and administrator and was elected to the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education.

John Zimmer ’80 of Cape Girardeau, MO, was elected to the National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors.

Steven Brazil ’81 of Manhattan, KS, completed his 30th year with Farmers Insurance Group and was an agent for 25 years and district manager for the past five years.

Beth (Bertling) Hall ’81 of Jefferson City, MO, retired from the State of Missouri after 17 years of service with Department of Revenue and 15 years with the Office of State Courts Administrator.

Robyn (Steinberg) Kaufman ’81 of Rocheport, MO, works at Boone County Family Resources, which assists over 1,800 persons with developmental disabilities of all ages to thrive in the community, connect with others and achieve their personal goals. She has worked there for over 28 years. She and her husband, Kory, have two daughters.

Ruth (Brockmeier) Orr ’81 of Cape Girardeau, MO, retired from Cape Girardeau Public Schools and became missions director of La Croix Church in Cape Girardeau.

Deborah (Jackson) Owens ’81 of Ballwin, MO, has been teaching for 30 years and still loves it. She is a proud parent of a current Southeast student.

Mark Stacy ’81 of Greenville, NC, is the new dean for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Stacy also will serve as senior associate vice chancellor for medical affairs for the Division of Health Sciences.

Gary Williamson ’81 of Katy, TX, built his own CPA practice and wrote a book, Thoughts of an American Taxpayer.

John Huff ’82 of Washington, D.C., was appointed president and CEO of the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers, leading the international public policy, advocacy, and education efforts of Bermuda’s global (re)insurance sector.

Bryan Hollerbach ’83 of Ste. Genevieve, MO, is working at the Ladue News, where his writing appears both in print and online.

James Willis ’83 of Farmington, MO, shares a proud SEMO family tradition. His dad, Judson Willis, Jr., attended in 1946. His wife, Annette, graduated in 1983. His son, Michael, and his wife, Debbie, graduated in 2011, and his son, Andrew, is currently attending Southeast.

Sara (Renaud) Boyer ’84 of Festus, MO, is proud to have had two daughters graduate from SEMO.

Donna (Flamm) McClane ’84 of Antioch, CA, celebrated her son, Matthew McClane, graduating from SEMO this spring.

Debra (Hall) Sopko ’84 of Bonne Terre, MO, retired after 30 years of teaching children with special needs. She is now working part-time in student assessments.

Julia Unnerstall ’84 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is a proud Redhawk football mom of Zach Stagner.

John Hensel ’86 of St. Louis, MO, is the president and CEO of Hensel Global & Human Performance Perfection. He recently pioneered an IndyCar Racing Performance Strategy, combining innovative human performance strategies, technologies, and processes to achieve Ultimate Human Horsepower.

Kevin Katon ’86 of St. Louis, MO, decided to make a career change to health care after a 25+ year career with Energizer Holdings.

Mary (Hollander) Maestas ’86 of Foristell, MO, was named president of the Missouri Association of School Librarians. She has served as a school librarian for the past 12 years as well as the lead librarian for the Wentzville School District for the past 10 years. She has worked for the Wentzville School District for 22 years as a third grade and fourth grade classroom teacher and as full-time mentor. She is currently working toward a Doctor of Philosophy in library and information management. She has six children and three grandchildren who continue to be her inspiration. She resides with her husband, Doug, along with three energetic dogs and a self-centered cat.

Elaine Sommer ’86 of Killeen, TX, retired after 30 years as a revenue agent with the IRS.

Mark Kumming ’87 of Pea Ridge, AR, released a chapter of poetry titled “Reflections On The Battle Of Pea Ridge In Poetry And Photographs.”

Craig Felzien ’88 of St. Peters, MO, retired from AT&T in 2015 after nearly 40 years on the president’s staff as a lobbyist and a community relations regional manager. He has been the director of the Duree Center for Entrepreneurship in the Hammond Institute at Lindenwood University. He is also the advisor for the Collegiate DECA Competition Team.

Denise (Hart) Tinsley ’88 of Nolensville, TN, is completing a master’s degree in healthcare informatics while working for a healthcare startup.

Mary (Dement) Below ’89 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is a marketing and government contractor with Santie Oil Company.

Tammy (Burroughs) Bohnert ’89 of Frohna, MO, is proud to enjoy SEMO once again through the eyes of her sophomore son majoring in emergency preparedness. Go Redhawks!

Richard Delaney ’89 of Charleston, SC, works as a book editor for Arcadia and does freelance editing for Oxford University Press. He and his wife, Melissa, have two children.



Teresa (Montgomery) Moore ’90 of Farmington, MO, was chosen as the Missouri Middle School Counselor of the Year. She credits the education she received and the professors she had at SEMO for her success.

Jane (Rodgers) Nicholas ’90 of Sequim, WA, retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation. They enjoy biking, hiking, walking on the beach, and visiting the Olympic mountains. Jane has also taken up the ukulele for added fun.

Diane (Smith) O’Connell ’90 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is beginning a new career as a full time instructor at Southeast.

Janelle (Barker) Gibson ’91 of Lake Saint Louis, MO, is starting her ninth year of teaching at the Brown School of Social Work.

Pamela Ransburg-Johnson ’91 of Conyers, GA, is vice-president of the Atlanta Metro Alumni Chapter of Southeast.

Tony Smee ’91 of Cape Girardeau, MO, was a 2018 nominee for the Southeast Missourian Spirit of America Award.

Stephanie (Borders) Murphy ’92 of Cape Girardeau, MO, retired after 13 years in ministry and began substitute teaching in the Cape Girardeau Public School District. She and her husband, Ken ‘87, are the directors of the Cape Comic Con. Their eldest daughter, Morgan ‘18, is now a Southeast Alumna and their middle child, Connor, is now a sophomore at Southeast. Their youngest, Brady, is currently still in high school but will also be attending Southeast. They are a proud Redhawk family!

Lana (Abercrombie) Piner ’92 of Belleville, IL, enjoys teaching at Mehlville and being a grandmother.

Carolyn Taylor ’92 of Poplar Bluff, MO, is a licensed clinical social worker.

Jane (Guggenberger) Faircloth ’93 of Park Hills, MO, is proud the Southeast tradition with her daughters. Paige is an alumna and Lexi transferred this fall.

Lee Ferrell ’93 of Fairfax, VA, is celebrating 20+ years of graphic design and branding consultations. Clients have included Apple, Intel, Coca-Cola, TWA, ExxonMobil, U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration across North America, Asia, and Europe. The guidance received from his Southeast education built a strong foundation for the level of skill desired in the marketplace. Southeast also opened up opportunities to learn leadership both socially (Sigma Chi Fraternity; IFC) and professionally (AIGA; internship at Concord Printing).

Jessica (Halter) Halter-Powell ’93 of North Scituate, RI, credits her internship with Boyd Gaming during her senior year at Southeast for leading her into a 25-year career in the gaming and hospitality industry. She is the vice president of marketing and brand strategy at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Michael Kassel ’93 of Cheyenne, WY, is working at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, as well as at Laramie County Community College as an adjunct professor specializing in Wyoming and American History. Michael has also written a book titled Wyoming Airmail Pioneers.

Colleen (Moriarty) Koettel ’93 of Grand Prairie, TX, and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters.

Aaron Layton ’93 of St. Charles, MO, is a diversity consultant and founder/CEO with Relate2Color in addition to being the director of diversity at Westminster Christian Academy. He has written a book called Dear White Christian.

Michelle (Johnson) McGruder ’93 of East Prairie, MO, is proud of her son, Spencer ’18, who graduated from Southeast this spring. He married Kali Thurman ’18 in June.

Rosemarie Mesnier ’93 of St. Louis, MO, has been working for five years at Build-a-Bear World Bear Quarters in Overland, Missouri.

Lisa Moore ’93 of St. Louis, MO, celebrated 21 years as a correctional officer with the City of St. Louis. She is looking forward to retirement and the next chapter of her life. She credits Southeast for giving her the education to succeed in her career in law enforcement.

Tammy Kleeschulte ’94 of Wentzville, MO, has five grandchildren.

Toni (Borchelt) Olsen ’94 of Carterville, IL, is pleased that her daughter, Delenn, makes the fourth generation of the family to attend SEMO.

Scott Pittman ’94 of Mount Vernon, IL, recently returned to Southern Illinois with his wife Wendy and kids, after almost 20 years of Christian ministry in Asia.

James Stallings ’94 of Colorado Springs, CO, was promoted to market manager for Best Version Media.

Celine Finney ’96 of Austin, TX, took a job with the Texas General Land Office helping Texas residents recover and rebuild from natural disasters.

Theresa (Hale) Hoffmeister ’96 of Los Lunas, NM, is beginning her second year of teaching fourth grade. She is completing the Alternative Teaching Licensure program at Central New Mexico Community College.

Thomas Howard ’96 of Beloit, WI, came to SEMO from Wisconsin in 1985 as the hall director for Myers Hall and helped build a study abroad office. In 1987, he became the residence director for the Missouri London Program and moved to London, which led him to a nearly 35-year career in International Education/Study Abroad.

Jessica (Hemmann) Krauss ’96 of Perryville, MO, is excited her son, Brand, is a freshman at Southeast.

Debra (Hutchinson) Sikes ’96 of O’Fallon, MO, started a commercial embroidery and screenprint company called Sew N Stitches Embroidery.

Kevin Cook ’98 of Manhattan, KS, received his doctorate in student affairs in higher education from Kansas State University. His dissertation investigated the multicultural competence of entry-level housing professionals in the Upper-Midwest.

Julie (Baumann) Deming ’98 of Menomonee Falls, WI, received a Master of Management last year.

Danny Tallent ’98 of New Haven, MO, was recently promoted to district supervisor of conservation agents in the south district of the St. Louis Region by the Missouri Department of Conservation. He also serves as a middle school girls and junior varsity boys basketball coach at New Haven High School.

Margaret (Barker) Tindall ’98 of Salem, IL, is pursuing a master’s degree and married David Tindall.

Lisa Blaylock ’99 of Dundee, IL, and Jack (Yancy) Blaylock ’01 have a son. Lisa received her master’s degree in mathematics with an emphasis in mathematics education from Northern Illinois University in 2005 and is currently an assistant professor of mathematics at Harper College.

Christopher Carlton ’99 of Minneapolis, MN, is a Lieutenant/O-3 in the Navy Reserves, and is deployed to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, in Bahrain, as a husbanding service provider contracting officer representative. He is a risk manager for US Bank.

Vance Pawielski ’99 of Cape Girardeau, MO, just retired from SEMO in Air Force ROTC after 23 years.

Andrew Tinnin ’99 of Collingswood, NJ, completed his Doctor of Education and serves as the assistant vice president for student life at Rowan.

Michelle (Gruber) Torline ’99 of Mission, KS, is married to Steve Torline and has three children. After graduating from Washington University School of Law in 2004, Michelle moved to Kansas City to join the law firm, Husch Blackwell, as an associate in the corporate department where she worked for eight years before joining her current employer, WireCo WorldGroup, as vice president and general counsel.

Jerry Wolsey ’99 of Benton, MO, was inducted into SEMO’s Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the 1998 Baseball Team that won the OVC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA D-1 Midwest Regional.



Brian Roth ’00 of Manchester, MO, is entering his 12th season in pro soccer, third as general manager of the St. Louis Ambush of the Major Arena Soccer League at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO.

Margery (Wickham) Waller ’00 of Jackson, MO, obtained tenure at Warren E. Hearnes Elementary in Charleston, MO, and welcomed a daughter, named Aria Claire. She celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary this year.

David Wilson ’00 of Springdale, AR, published a book titled Learning Every Day that includes sections on life lessons. education, sports, history, culture, and insights for living. It is a collection of the best columns he has written during his 15 years as an educational administrator.

Crystal Gilliland ’01 of Sikeston, MO, has three children and two step-children. She is working on multiple programs including pregnancy education, disaster case management, and service coordination for the developmentally disabled.

Ryan Steck ’01 of Cape Girardeau, MO, works for Sentinel Emergency Solutions, providing fire equipment to local fire departments. The new Rosenbauer Fire Trucks the Cape Girardeau Fire Department purchased were from Sentinel.

Patrick Carter ’02 of Henderson, NV, was elected to a six-year term on the Board of Regents from the Nevada System of Higher Education.

Kelly (Lambing) Finke ’02 of O’Fallon, IL, earned CPA and CIA certificates. She is celebrating 10 years at AT&T, where she leads a team that supports internal audits of consumer sales organization. She and her husband, Jason, welcomed their third boy, Theo, joining big brothers Alex (6) and Sam (5).

Megan Julius ’02 of Union, MO, has two sons, Archer and Fletcher.

Mary (Bruder) Kaser ’03 of Platte City, MO, celebrated 15 years of marriage and welcomed her third boy to their family.

Brian Privett ’03 of Cedar Rapids, IA, is the Board Chair of the Iowa Medical Society.

Jeremy Boyer ’04 of Imperial, MO, is entering his 11th season as organist for the St. Louis Blues. He’s also played organ for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2012. He is also director of music at St. Francis of Assisi Church in south St. Louis County and is married with three beautiful daughters Kim, Belle, and Eliza.

Mary (Beers) Hubbard ’04 of St. Peters, MO, welcomed her second child, Nolan Monroe. Big brother, Ronan Miles has accepted that his little brother is here to stay. He now loves his “Baby Nolan” and protects and cares for him.

Tisa (Thomas) Mitchell ’04 of Saint Paul, MN, welcomed Titan Mitchell into her family.

Leah (Kollmeyer) Behlmann ’05 of St. Charles, MO,  was promoted to director of membership services with The SITE Improvement Association. In her new role she is responsible for managing all member recruitment activities, meetings, communications, conferences, and social events, as well as SITE’s social media channels, website, and the weekly EZ Bid program of new project listings for members. Leah has been with SITE for the past five years.

Ruby Jones ’05 of St. Louis, MO, completed her MBA at Indiana University with double majors in business analytics and marketing and started a job with Medtronic (MDT) as a senior product specialist.

Garret Kremer-Wright ’05 of Cape Girardeau, MO, began working at the State Historical Society of Missouri-Cape Girardeau Research Center.

Ongart Kusolpaisit ’05 of St. Louis, MO, was recently promoted to brand health specialist at Anheuser-Busch.

Amy Wilken ’05 of Mount Juliet, TN, lived abroad in Ecuador for five years, and then moved to Portland, Oregon with her husband. She is pursuing a master’s degree in interior design at University of Oregon.

Shad Burner ’06 of Cape Girardeau, MO, joined CarGO, a ride share and restaurant food delivery company based in Cape Girardeau, MO. As vice president of market development, he is helping CarGO expand into other markets.

Nick Cutelli ’06 of Los Angeles, CA, welcomed a son, Nicholas Kenneth Cutelli II.

Mark Fiala ’06 of St. Louis, MO, and Kellisa Lyn Fiala ’05 were married and have a son, Ben. Mark completed his master’s degree in social work at Washington University and is currently completing his Ph.D. in social work at Saint Louis University. He also serves as faculty researcher at Washington University Medical School. Kellisa is the office manager for the School of Education at Saint Louis University.

Krystal (Martin) Hexamer ’06 of De Soto, IL, has two sons, Karsen and Karter.

Tina (Venker) Marra ’06 of St. Louis, MO, and her husband, Brandon Marra ‘07, welcomed their second child, Parker Robert.

Rebecca (Kirn) Moore ’06 of Perryville, MO, is in her 12th year of working for Southeast and is in the educational leadership and policy analysis doctoral program.

Ellen Ryan ’06 of Pocatello, ID, was promoted to associate professor.

Edward Atchison ’07 of Oakland, CA, is a veteran.

Stephanie (Tracy) Brushett ’07 of Suffolk, was married in April in Key West. Stephanie left the United States Air Force and moved to the United Kingdom. She works at angliEAR Hearing and Tinnitus Solutions.

Fredamae (McGhee) Christian ’07 of Jackson, MO, is in her fourth year as a special education paraprofessional at Jackson High School. She and husband, Don, have two children, Emily Grace and Ethan Ray.

Ervin Foulk ’07 of Saint Charles, MO, and his wife, Docia, celebrated their 42nd anniversary.

Gwenda (Bennett) Hawk ’07 of Kansas City, MO, is chair of the legal studies department, which houses two previously independent programs, business law and paralegal. She and husband, Shaun, have two children.

Robert Lemen ’07 of St Louis, MO, and his wife Carrie ‘08, welcomed their first child, Trudie Helen Lemen. Carrie is a music therapist and Lance is a director of operations.

Bethany (St Mary) Richardson ’07 of Portageville, MO, taught for three years before becoming a mother and staying home with her three boys, Bronner, Jack, and Henry.

Diane Sanders ’07 of Arlington, VA, and husband, James, welcomed Eric Maxwell into their family.

David Schmitz ’07 of Mount Pleasant, IA, is directing Iowa Wesleyan University’s ESL Program.

Aaron Wright ’07 of Wentzville, MO, accepted a high school assistant principal position in the Fort Zumwalt School District.

Kevin Blair ’08 of Jefferson City, MO, and his wife have a daughter, Lyda.

Natasha (Bennett) Hershey ’08 of Fairfield, IL, bought a new 1,700 square foot home with a pool and hot tub.

Sabrina Malone ’08 of Austin, TX, left working for the State of Texas after 16 years to start her dream job working for the Federal Government in Boston, Massachusetts.

Twila (Patrick) Mason ’08 of Bloomfield, MO, is the social media coordinator for the Bloomfield Public Library.

Bethany (Fink) Petty ’08 of Farmington, MO, published her first book, Illuminate: Technology Enhanced Learning.

Kristen Pind ’08 of Cape Girardeau, MO, accepted a position at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Cape Girardeau as the director of volunteer services. She recruits volunteers, plans events, fundraises, and talks to the most interesting veterans.

Robert Spurlock ’08 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is founder of KRM, an advertising agency based in the Midwest. He has brought home eight wins from the American Advertising Federation Awards. He pursues volunteer opportunities as a marketing volunteer on the Board for the American Cancer Society’s The Cancer Gala event along with Old Town Cape.

Daniel Janowski ’09 of Okawville, IL, welcomed his first child, Paul David. His wife, Danielle (Healy) ’11 is a speech-language pathologist for Pontiac William Holliday School District #105 in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Tyler Koonce ’09 of Kansas City, MO, spent a decade working for professional (Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Ravens) and college (SEMO, Mizzou, UMKC) sports teams. He recently joined Henderson Engineers in the Kansas City area, which engineers many of the new stadiums, arenas, ballparks, and practice facilities in pro and college sports throughout the country.

Timothy Mayfield ’09 of Jonesboro, AR, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a specialization in trauma as a CCTP. He works in two counties in Northeast Arkansas.

Tenisha (Jones) Nelson ’09 of New Madrid, MO, completed alternative certification in elementary education and is in her fourth year of teaching.

Wilson Newman ’09 of Winchester, IL, runs a history museum. After the museum was established, he spent two years working in St. Augustine, Florida, interpreting and presenting Spanish and Native American history at the 1565 founding site of the city. He is now teaching social studies and history at Griggsville-Perry High School.

Alison Schmidt ’09 of Columbia, MO, is the orchestra director at Jefferson Middle School and Rock Bridge High. She is working on a master’s degree in music education.

Precious Smith ’09 of Florissant, MO, works at Connections to Success as the regional training coordinator/professional woman’s group coordinator/life transformation coach. She wrote a book titled, Confronting the Age-Old Question: Why me?

Kelly Sweet ’09 of St. Louis, MO, is in the social work field and employed at Big Brothers Big Sisters.



Kodie Edmonds ’10 of Dubuque, IA, is an admissions rep and cheerleading coach for Loras College.

Megan (Rapier) Frank ’10 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is married with two sons, Ethan and Camden. She is a member of the Cape Girardeau Roller Derby and many local business organizations including BNI, MGMA, and the chamber of commerce.

Roy Jefferson ’10 of Florissant, MO, and Patrice ‘09 welcomed a daughter, Paige Marie. Roy is a Deputy Juvenile Officer I with the St. Louis City Family Court and is also the executive director for My 180 Youth Program, Inc.

Jonathan Kessler ’10 of Jackson, MO, is proud to be back in the Southeast Department of Chemistry and Physics from the other side of the desk.

Marlie Love ’10 of St. Peters, MO, published a book, 5 Steps to Finding your Purpose and Destiny. She is a life coach helping professional millennials discover their life purpose and enhance their worth.

Lindsey (Hicks) Sadler ’10 of Anna, IL, has a son and is a strong activist in autism awareness.

Emily Sampl ’10 of Lake St. Louis, MO, and husband David Sampl, welcomed their second child, Jonah.

Emily Steele ’10 of Perryville, MO, received a Master of Public Administration.

Ashley Autry ’11 of Belton, MO, married Dylan Scherer.

LaChrisha Gray ’11 of Clinton, MO, is a licensed attorney in Missouri and Arkansas. She was a former deputy prosecuting attorney of Pulaski County, Arkansas in Little Rock.

Stephanie Schwartz ’11 of Quincy, IL, gave birth to her second child, Amelia Grace.

Laura Voss ’11 of San Jose, CA, celebrated four years of owning her own fitness and wellness coaching business in Silicon Valley.

Stephen Backer ’12 of Springfield, MO, accepted a position as a sales manager overseeing the associations market with University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

Renee Burgess ’12 of Minneapolis, MN, married Ky Burgess, ’12. Ky played baseball at Southeast and Renee was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Now, Ky is an academic counselor for the University of Minnesota athletics department and Renee is a regional manager for Anytime Fitness.

Ashley Carlson ’12 of Hazelwood, MO, is a travel director for Martiz Travel.

Aaron Clark ’12 of Florissant, MO, received a Master of Education from UMSL.

Phillip Lady ’12 of Cape Girardeau, MO, married Abbie Jo Vander Bol ’08, ’13.

Winthage Shehan Perera ’12 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is a development engineer/technical project manager with Element 74.

Jennifer Proctor ’12 of Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from SEMO with a full-time career and two babies. SEMO’s online courses were a critical component to her success. She partnered with an insurance agency. She feels her career and improving the well-being of her family would not have been possible without the tools and resources while a student at Southeast. She attended her first ever homecoming football game this year, and proudly wore red and black.

Jennifer (Gooch) Slattery ’12 of San Jose, CA, welcomed her first son, Benjamin.

Lindsey (Harrison) Wasylczak ’12 of St. Louis, MO, married Daniel.

Samantha Yager ’12 of Piggott, AR, has a daughter, Paisley.

Bradley Beran ’13 of Kansas City, MO, graduated from Des Moines University with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and began emergency medicine residency at Truman Medical Center.

Erica Berry ’13 of Malden, MO, is beginning her sixth year of teaching at Bloomfield Middle School. She is also the junior Beta sponsor.

Spencer Day ’13 of Ballwin, MO, is traveling the world performing music while serving our country as a Marine.

Samantha (Hennenfent) Freise ’13 of Hatfield, PA, is a park ranger at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.

Ellen (Foley) French ’13 of Cape Girardeau, MO, married Tyler ’13, ’15. Ellen is a speech-language pathologist and Tyler is the inside linebackers coach for the Southeast football team.

Nicole (Halpin) McAllister ’13 of St. Louis, MO, married her college sweetheart. She
thanks pomping floats for Homecoming or else they never would have met.

Syed Mirzada ’13 of Springfield, VA, is a project manager for Northrop Grumman.

Megean Shelton ’13 of Lumberton, TX, is married with two children.

Patrick Vining ’13 of Indianapolis, IN, graduated medical school at New York University and matched into the integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency program at Indiana University.

Juan Zavala-Aleman ’13 of Miami, FL, has been with MasterCard for three years and moved to Lima, Peru as a short term assignment program. He is pursuing an MBA at Florida International University.

Pamela Avila ’14 of Wentzville, MO, works for the Office of Residence Life as a hall director at Southeast.

Taylor Babich ’14 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing.

Madeline (Yates) Bunge ’14 of St. Louis, MO, was recently married and joined Barry Wehmiller as a corporate recruiter, hiring engineers across the United States.

Denise Floyd-Saverin ’14 of Chesterfield, MO, is married with four kids. She works in fundraising for schools and organizations.

Mary Garner ’14 of Rector, AR, became a grandma for the first time, Sage Renee.

Jaime Myler ’14 of Lisle, IL, is in the third year of a clinical psychology Psy.D program, completing a dissertation over treatment barriers to severe mental illness.

Mary (Dohogne) Anderson ’15 of Cape Girardeau, MO, married fellow distance runner and SEMO track athlete Ryan ‘15. Mary is an engineering technician for EPS Buildings, and Ryan is a patrolman/police officer for the City of Cape.

Andrew Bauman ’15 of Festus, MO, graduated from Saint Louis University earning his J.D. with a concentration in urban development, land use, and environmental law. He took the Missouri Bar Exam and is employed with Wegmann Law Firm in Hillsboro, Missouri.

Dylan Lloyd ’15 of Harviell, MO, is a residence life coordinator at the University of South Carolina where he oversees a building of 500 students and helps execute a residential curriculum to help students learn more about themselves and others.

Devin Lorenz ’15 of Festus, MO, is the sponsor of the international champion Festus High School Rocket Club, winners of the 2017 Team America Rocketry Challenge and winning gold at the 2017 International Rocketry Challenge.

Desiree McKinney ’15 of O’Fallon, MO, is a clinical instructor through Maryville University while pursuing her MSN in nursing education.

Ryan Rhodes ’15 of Salt Lake City, UT, earned a Master of Education from the University of Missouri and now supports more than 600 recognized student organizations at the University of Utah.

Stefanie (Slemmer) Skaggs ’15 of Dexter, MO, graduated with a Master of Arts in secondary education.

Ashley (Morie) Smithey ’15 of Fredericktown, MO, is in her third year teaching high school art. She recently married.

Lisa Hemmer ’16 of Mansfield, MO, received a master’s degree in teaching English at Western Governors University. She is a high school English teacher.

Kirstin (Miles) Maciak ’2016 of St. Louis, MO, married David ‘16 and they’re excited to start their lives together.

Helen Maschmeyer ’2016 of Festus, MO, was hired at her dream school district right out of SEMO!

Kacie Sandlin ’16 of Jackson, MO, is pursuing a master’s degree in school and mental health counseling and is engaged in suicide prevention efforts in the Jackson/Cape area.

Deja Tolbert ’16 of Florissant, MO, is pursuing her Masters in Business Administration.

Emily Waters ’16 of Bloomington, IL, is serving with Mid Central Community Action as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

Jennifer (Joost) Carter ’17 of Homer, IL, married Robbie Carter and is pursuing her master’s degree in human resources at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She is a human resources intern at North American Lighting and a parish administrator at the Chapel of Saint John the Divine.

Landon Cook ’17 of Cape Girardeau, MO, manages a 27-household housing assistance program with the Community Caring Council where he helps homeless individuals and families with disabilities become self-determined, self-sustaining members of the Cape Girardeau community.

Ashly Cox ’17 of Jefferson City, MO, is a certified personal trainer and does content creation work for two non-profits.

Kaitlin Crawford ’17 of Millersville, MO, was married this year.

Abigail Klintworth ’17 of Bolivar, MO, is pursuing a doctoral degree in physical therapy at Southwest Baptist University. She thanks her SEMO exercise science professors for making this possible.

Sheila (Likes) Likes-Cannon ’17 of Hammond, LA, married Christopher ‘18.

Stephanie (Chartrau) Rheinheimer ’17 of Fenton, MO, welcomed, Miriam Elise, making them a family of five.

Ashley Tipton ’17 of St. Louis, MO, is doing cancer research at Washington University.


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